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Aesthetic root coverage with acellular dermal matrix allograft: a shield for gingival recession
  1. Shivani Sachdeva1,
  2. Harish Saluja2,
  3. Amit Mani1 and
  4. Pravin Mukhi3
  1. 1Department of Periodontology, Pravara Rural Dental College, Loni, Maharashtra, India
  2. 2Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Pravara Rural Dental College, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
  3. 3Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, SMBT Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Igatpuri, Maharashtra, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Harish Saluja; harry_saluja{at}


Awareness about root coverage is increasing in day-to-day clinical practice. Patients are more motivated and concerned about aesthetics nowadays along with the issues of sensitivity of teeth. The conventional flap designs and techniques including lateral sliding flaps, coronally advanced flap, subepithelial connective tissue grafts and free gingival grafts are being adopted for root coverage. The newer material including resorbable and non-resorbable guided tissue regenerative membranes, amniotic membrane, platelet-rich fibrin membrane, enamel matrix derivative protein, xenogenic collagen matrix graft along with the soft tissue substitute like acellular dermal matrix allograft are also being used for recession coverage. The present case report describes a case of 22-year-old female patient with the chief complaint of denudation of gums exposing the root surface over the mandibular left central incisor. The soft tissue substitute acellular dermal matrix allograft was used for root coverage as the patient was not willing to procure an autogenous palatal graft. The results were satisfactory with complete root coverage.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • mouth

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  • Contributors SS contributed in drafting of manuscript. AM helped in revision of manuscripts collection of data. HS and PM helped in patient care.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.